VDOT Leadership

Barton A. Thrasher P.E.

Richmond District Engineer


In April 2017, Barton A. Thrasher, P.E. was named Richmond District engineer. The Richmond District serves 14 counties and manages the construction and maintenance of nearly 19,000 lane miles.

Thrasher brings over 22 years of experience from both the private and public sectors. He began his career with VDOT in 1997 as a transportation engineer trainee and since that time has served in several leadership roles in various capacities. Thrasher moved to Richmond District’s Sandston Residency in 1998 as a construction inspector.  In 2000, he became a transportation engineer in the Location and Design Division working on the Springfield Interchange project while in both the Northern Virginia District and Central Office.  In 2004, Thrasher was selected as Location and Design Division’s State Geometric Engineer and became the Assistant State Location and Design Engineer in 2008. 

As VDOT’s Richmond District Engineer, Thrasher will lead nearly 900 employees serving Amelia, Brunswick, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico (except secondary system), Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, New Kent, Nottoway, Powhatan and Prince George counties.  In addition, he will be responsible for delivery of the district’s construction and maintenance programs, as well as associated services.  

A licensed professional engineer, Thrasher holds a bachelor of science and masters of business administration degrees from Old Dominion University as well as a bachelor of arts degree from Emory and Henry College. He is a graduate of the Virginia Executive Institute and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ (AASHTO) National Transportation Management Institute.

Thrasher is a member of the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHTO) Subcommittee on Design as well as AASHTO’s Technical Committee on Geometric Design.  He has been co-author of various chapters of the past two editions of AASHTO’s Green Book and is also a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Subcommittee on Geometric Design. 

Originally from Botetourt County, Thrasher now lives in Goochland County with his wife Sara, and their two boys, Cooper and Luke.

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